By David Vine
The yankee army base at the island of Diego Garcia is likely one of the such a lot strategically vital and secretive U.S. army installations outdoor the U.S.. situated close to the distant heart of the Indian Ocean and obtainable simply by way of army delivery, the bottom used to be a little-known release pad for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and should condo a top-secret CIA legal the place terror suspects are interrogated and tortured. yet Diego Garcia harbors one other soiled mystery, one who has been saved from many of the world--until now.
Island of disgrace is the 1st significant ebook to bare the stunning fact of ways the USA conspired with Britain to forcibly expel Diego Garcia's indigenous people--the Chagossians--and deport them to slums in Mauritius and the Seychelles, the place such a lot stay in dire poverty to today. Drawing on interviews with Washington insiders, army strategists, and exiled islanders, in addition to hundreds of thousands of declassified files, David Vine exposes the key background of Diego Garcia. He chronicles the Chagossians' dramatic, unfolding tale as they fight to outlive in exile and struggle to come back to their native land. Tracing U.S. overseas coverage from the chilly warfare to the warfare on terror, Vine exhibits how the USA has solid a brand new and pervasive form of empire that's quietly dominating the planet with enormous quantities of in a foreign country army bases.
Island of disgrace is an unforgettable exposé of the human bills of empire and a must-read for someone thinking about U.S. international coverage and its consequences.The writer will donate all royalties from the sale of this ebook to the Chagossians.
"[A] meticulously researched, coldly livid ebook that information accurately how London and Washington colluded in a scheme of inhabitants elimination extra redolent of the eighteenth or 19th century than the last a long time of the 20th. . . . [O]ne loves to imagine that if Barack Obama have been by some means to stumble throughout a replica of David Vine's effective publication, he could immediately notice nice injustice has been done--one which may simply be placed right."--Jonathan Freedland, ny assessment of Books
"This offended and angering booklet is definitely researched, compelling, and useful to figuring out and rising US 'empire.'"--Choice
"For Vine imperialism, army prerogative and racism have all mixed to disclaim a humans a house just because they have been within the method. His succinct kind and regulated outrage make for a damning indictment."--Phil Chamberlain, Tribune
"Island of disgrace is not only a gut-wrenching account of ways a tropical paradise of powder-white seashores and palm fronds used to be changed into a big release pad for America's army expansionist programme. a wide bite of the ebook is dedicated to how the Chagossians got here to construct their advanced yet satisfied society within the islands and the ensuing tragedy in their displacement. particularly, Vine is a most sensible flight researcher. . . . We owe Vine an outstanding debt for shining his mild in this island of horrors."--Latha Jishnu, enterprise Standard
"David Vine's tale of the Chagossians is an exemplary piece of either socially embedded reportage and investigative journalism, regardless of an inclination to delight in the self-conscious idiom of educational ethnography and reflexive feedback folks 'imperialism.' At middle, despite the fact that, he speaks fact to strength. energy, although, isn't listening."--Colin Murphy, Irish instances
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Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia by David Vine